LSD

Known as the world's most powerful hallucinogen, LSD is a potent mood-changing chemical. Also called acid, blotter and dots, the drug has been abused for its hallucinogenic properties since the 1960s.

Scientists originally manufactured LSD to help psychiatric patients deal with their dissorder. But once the patients discovered the intense mind-altering effects of the drug, some began using and abusing LSD outside the hospital.

The unpredictability of LSD makes it very dangerous to use. The drug is illegal in most countries.

How is LSD made?

Discovered in 1938, scientists manufactured LSD from lysergic acid. Lysergic acid can be found on a fungus called ergot that grows on rye and other grains.

The actual manufacturing of LSD requires a complete laboratory setup and a working knowledge of organic chemistry.

How much does LSD cost?

Depending on the potency and rarity of the substance, LSD costs around 300-500 rupees per "hit" (hit is slang for a dose of LSD).

The drug is most often sold in hard capsules or in tablets.

How is LSD abused?

LSD is taken orally.

The drug is often added to absorbent paper which is divided into small decorative pieces each constituting a single dose. LSD is also sold as small pills and occasionally in liquid form.

Effects and of LSD

People who abuse LSD experience something called a "trip." Because the manufacturing process of the drug isn't consistent, the effects of LSD tend to differ each time. This unpredictability may be a reason for the drug's growing popularity.

The "trip" is an out-of-body experience that skews the user's sense of reality and lasts for as long as 15 hours. During the trip, the user may experience several different emotions at once or go quickly from one emotion to the next.

When taken in large enough doses, LSD creates visual hallucinations and intense dilutions where the user hears colors or sees sounds. Panic and terrible inclinations of losing control often ensue during the trip.

Some individuals experience flashbacks of the drug's effects years after the trip.[ref] http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/hallucinogens-lsd-peyote-psilocybin-pcp [/ref]

Is LSD addictive?

Because of the direct and scary effects of LSD most users voluntarily decrease and stop using the drug. Unlike cocaine, brown sugar, nicotine and other addictive substances, LSD does not produce compulsive drug-seeking behavior.

But the dangers of LSD are still unavoidable—short term and long term.